Rabbi Diane Elliot - Lou Wiener Memorial Scholar In Jewish Innovation

  • January 31, 2014
  • 6:30 PM
  • Shir Tikvah
Shir Tikvah is delighted to welcome Rabbi Diane Elliot as our Third Annual Memorial Scholar in Jewish Innovation.

Rabbi Elliot will speak during Friday evening Shabbat Services, 6:30pm: “Receiving Shabbat: The Pause that Refreshes.”

Shabbat morning, February 1, she will address "T'rumah: Giving of ourselves" and lead meditation during services at 10:30am.

Sunday morning at 9:45am-12pm in the Shir Tikvah sanctuary, "Moving our Prayers: A Four-Worlds Approach to Tefilah.”

Rabbi Diane Elliot followed a unique path to the rabbinate. Jewishly, she grew up in the Reform movement outside Chicago, spending several summers at Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute and a summer in Israel. A gifted scholar, she also pursued studies in dance and theatre from an early age. On graduating from the University of Michigan, she migrated to New York City and later to Minneapolis, where she built an international career as a respected modern dancer and teacher of dance, independent choreographer, somatic movement therapist, and teacher of Body-Mind Centering®, a movement education and healing modality in which she has trained for over 35 years. A long-time meditator, Diane’s deepening spiritual life drew her back into the Jewish world, where she became involved with the Jewish Renewal movement and matriculated into the first class of the Academy for Jewish Religion, California, a trans-denominational seminary in Los Angeles. There she enjoyed learning with an outstanding rabbinic faculty from across the Jewish spectrum, from Orthodox and Conservative scholars and pulpit rabbis, to Reform, Reconstructionist, and Renewal teachers. Ordained in 2006, Rabbi Elliot served as the spiritual leader of the Aquarian Minyan in Berkeley from 2007-2009 and currently directs Wholly Present, a center for embodied Jewish spirituality based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She also created and directs Embodying Spirit, En-spiriting Body, An Embodied Jewish Leadership Training Program, a project of Ruach Ha’Aretz (www.ruachhaaretz.org) and the ALEPH Alliance for Jewish Renewal (https://www.aleph.org/start.taf). You can learn more about her work at www.whollypresent.org.

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